Basalt History Tour
The Snell Building
Snell Home was Destroyed in the Fire of 1897 That Devastated Basalt’s West EndIn the lower left corner of the large photo, you can see the edge of the roof of a house, which you are now facing. Constructed as a residence circa 1890, Frank Snell’s home was destroyed in the fire of 1897 that devastated the western end of Basalt. Frank, an engineer for the Colorado Midland, rebuilt his new home of brick; little has changed today except for its use.
The rest of that photo has great significance to Basalt’s history. The photo shows the last passenger train departing Basalt in 1918, heading up the Frying Pan to Leadville. You can see the depot and the hotel. The train’s smoke over the town seems to be signaling the start of the quiet years.
We Hope You Enjoyed the Basalt History Tour
Basalt: Founded on Grit and DeterminationWe hope you enjoyed the tour. Our goal was to give you a sense of what has made Basalt so special. If you have gotten a sense of the grit and determination that has been a part of the folks who have lived here all these years, you will understand why we care so much about our community and why no matter what comes down the tracks, our future is so bright.
Now join your predecessors in the picture who were celebrating circa 1890 and have a beverage!